Information in a 2015 study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine reports that just about four out of every 10 people around the world (mostly men) will have to contend with a heart attack or serious coronary medical issue at some point in time during their lives.
This is a serious problem.
Thankfully though, is a lot easier to prevent serious and significant heart attacks and other heart issues with just a little bit of preventative care – but you’ll have to make sure that you’re doing everything the right way before you just dive right in.
Chest pain is probably the most obvious sign or symptom of our problems, which is why you’re going to want to be on the lookout for these issues to better understand exactly what you’re up against.
Here’s how to know whether or not the chest pain that you are dealing with is related to a serious medical condition or if it’s something a lot less pressing that you can sort of push through with over-the-counter or prescription medications.
Just how significant is your chest pain, anyway?
Even though everyone has a different reaction to pain than everyone else, the odds are pretty good that you’ll be able to personally recognize when a pain in your chest is a lot more serious or severe than something much more benign.
For most people, the pain of heartburn is pretty significant but it disappears relatively quickly. When you’re dealing with a heart attack issue, however, the pain is going to be even sharper, even more acute, and longer-lasting – which is how you’ll know that it’s time to seek out professional and emergency medical assistance.
Look out for other heart attack symptoms
At the same time, you’ll want to be on the lookout for a variety of other heart attack symptoms that may point to significant coronary activity that can cripple your health or even cause your death.
We are talking about symptoms like:
- Stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting
- A shortness of breath, dizziness, and lightheaded sensations
- Pain or numbness in your left arm or your left leg
… And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
There are obviously other issues that you’ll want to be on the lookout for, but at the same time it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry. If you’re worried about a potential heart attack, visit your local emergency medical facility and asked that you get checked out ASAP.